Every year, thousands of free spirits wait for the chance to absorb the energy that oozes from every Afro Punk event. While this festival occurs in Atlanta, Paris, London, and Johannesburg…Brooklyn is where the East Coast congregates. On August 26th and 27th, Commodore Barry Park is packed with talent, black culture, and positive vibes. Aside from vendors selling a variety of cultural foods; displaying amazing art, hand crafted jewelry, and natural products, the music is the reason this celebration is so addictive. There’s always a heavy set list with underground and mainstream artists that kill the stage as everyone stands, dances, or simply gaze at the performers in their element. This year underground artists like Princess Nokia, SerpentWithFeet, H09909, The Skins, The Cool Kids, and a number of others made their mark as openers for headliners; Anderson Paak, Kaytranada, Raphael Saadiq, Sampha, SZAMacy Gray, and the fabulous Solange.

While the performances are always lit, what makes Afro Punk the staple that it has become is the celebration of black culture, openness, individuality, and unity that’s highlighted once you enter those park gates. The energy of everyone present is more like a family reunion than a gathering of strangers. In times like these, where there is hate, hostility, and an oppressive agenda…Afro Punk is a needed escape.

Architect (@_arkitect) , an amazing photographer and Black Noize contributor, captured essence and style of who Afro Punk represents with this gallery of photos…enjoy!